Movers and Shakers for Oct. 27

Steven J. Patin has been named chief Human Resources officer for the University of Alaska effective Oct. 25. Patin, who succeeds Keli Hite-McGee, currently is vice president at Alaska Communications overseeing all aspects of the company’s customer service functions. Patin joined Alaska Communications in 2011 and in his many roles at the company, he has managed its lean enterprise transformation, led field operations across Alaska and the Lower 48, and served as the company’s senior director of business transformation. Prior to his time at Alaska Communications, Patin enjoyed a distinguished military career in the United States Army, and retired in 2011 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served at various locations worldwide and as part of multiple contingency deployments. Patin has also served as a member of the UA Anchorage School of Nursing Community Advisory Board. He also served as professor and head of the Department of Military Science at UAF and led the expansion of the Army ROTC program at UAA in 2009. Patin has served as Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Alaska, as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Royal Military School, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Professor/Program Director in Leadership Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

Kathy Moran is the new chief financial officer for Calista Corp. in Anchorage. She began her career in public accounting before overseeing financial operations for companies in a variety of industries including Alaskan Native corporations. Most recently she served as CFO at Goldbelt Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. Calista’s former CFO Sharon Lechner will be refocusing on Calista’s vast real estate holdings as the president of Ena Holding LLC and special projects for the Calista.

Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Jonathan Tibbs as vice president, commercial loan officer-Fairbanks, and the promotion of Jason Gentry to vice president, lending branch manager-Ketchikan. Tibbs joins Northrim with more than 14 years of experience in Alaska lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University. He is also vice chair on the Education and Workforce Development Committee for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and a board member for the United Way of Tanana Valley. Gentry has been with Northrim Bank for one year and has more than seven years of experience in the financial industry. He grew up in Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Stacey Frutiger, EIT recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in the firm’s Environmental Group. Frutiger brings five years of environmental consulting experience to R&M, with a broad range of experience in air quality compliance and permitting, water quality monitoring, storm water conveyance design, and soil contamination for both government agencies and private industry. She has also prepared National Environmental Policy Act documents for federally-funded projects in Anchorage and around the state; conducted air dispersion modeling; and prepared permit applicability analyses for private clients in the resource development sector. Since joining R&M, Frutiger has supported environmental efforts for the Northeast Trail Connector project in Anchorage, Camp Carroll Environmental Assessment for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the GCI Fiber Optic Project at the Port of Alaska and Alaska Marine Lines. Frutiger has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2019-20 board of directors on Oct. 10 at its annual convention in Juneau. The Executive Committee is: Board Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Vice Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Past Chair Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours; At Large Secretary/Membership Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At Large Government Relations Co-Chair Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage; Southcentral Government Relations Co-Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Tourism Policy and Planning Chair Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours; and Southcentral President and CEO Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The rest of the board of directors are: Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention &Visitors Bureau; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Co.; Dan Rough, Holland America Line; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks; Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours; John Binkley, Riverboat Discovery; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC; Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer. Board elected seats are Camille Ferguson, Sitka Tribe of Alaska; Carol Fraser, Aspen Hotels; Craig Jennison, TEMSCO Helicopters; and Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad Corp.

The Alaska Communications board of directors has named William “Bill” H. Bishop president and CEO. Bishop has served as Alaska Communications’ interim CEO since June 2019. He joined the company in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. Bishop will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Bishop joined Alaska Communications in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including director of retail operations, director of business and wholesale, vice president of business and wholesale, senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. He brings more than 25 years of telecom and business leadership experience to this role, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistics contracting company. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced three new executives. Michelle Bradshaw has been selected to fill the senior vice president of IM governance position. Bradshaw is an accomplished, senior-level leader with more than 20 years of experience in technology and project management. She previously held the position of vice president, IM applications. Laura Moore has been selected to fill the position of vice president, IM applications. Moore has more than 20 years of experience in technology transformation and automation prior to joining Alaska USA as the applications group manager. Victoria Worley has been selected to fill the position of vice president, operations. Worley joins Alaska USA with more than 15 years of Alaska financial institution experience and will oversee credit union operational functions.

10/23/2019 - 9:38am